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May 23, 2013 1:46 AM by Andrew Masuda

Best in the County: Hayes, Dunlap named Athletes of the Year

The Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Round Table honored the year's best of the best on Wednesday. The NSBCART held its end of the year banquet at the Elk's Lodge.

Lompoc High's Nikko Hayes was named Male Athlete of the Year and St. Joseph High girls basketball star Tatiana Dunlap earned Female Athlete of the Year.

Hayes enjoyed a break out senior season for the Braves' Los Padres League champion team. He rushed for 1,081 yards and 15 touchdowns and averaged 10.9 yards per carry. He also tallied 49 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 2 pass deflections and forced 3 fumbles on defense. He signed a national letter of intent earlier this year to play football at Idaho State.

Hayes is also enjoying an impressive track season. He ran personal best times last month at the CIF Southern Section Division 2 Finals to qualify for the CIF Masters Meet. He finished third in the 110 meter hurdles final with a time of 14.39 seconds and finished second in the 300 hurdles at 38.13 seconds. If he turns in another solid performance this weekend at Masters, he could qualify for the CIF State Meet.

"I was like real surprised after hearing about all the other candidates and Luke Wilson's accomplishments in wrestling. I was very surprised when I got it," said Hayes, referring to Righetti's Luke Wilson, who won a CIF State wrestling title, finished third at Nationals and was an All-League First Team pick in football.

Dunlap led the Lady Knights to the outright Pac 7 League title. St. Joseph finished 11-1 in league and 19-9 overall and advanced into the CIF quarterfinals.

Dunlap led the league in scoring at 23.7 points per game to go with 9.2 rebounds per game. She signed a national letter of intent to play Division II basketball at Cal State Monterey Bay. "It's an honor to me. I'm very excited. I honestly had no clue that I was going to get it and i'm just really honored that I got this award," said Dunlap.

Cabrillo High's Jaime Miller was named Female Scholar Athlete of the Year. She starred for the volleyball team, which advanced to the CIF playoffs. Miller also earned All-CIF and All-League honors as a midfielder on the girls soccer team. Miller scored 7 goals and had 8 assists for the CIF runners-up. She owns a 4.33 grade point average and plans to major in biology at San Diego State in the fall. She credited her ability to master time-management for her success on and off the field. Miller admitted it took her a few seconds to realize she won the award. "All the other candidates they had amazing introductions and I really wasn't expecting it. I just fell incredibly blessed to have this opportunity," said Miller, who's a member of the National Honors Society.

Boasting a 4.64 GPA, Karl Fredrickson was named Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. The Santa Ynez High senior earned All-CIF honors and league MVP honors for the Los Padres League champion boys water polo team in the fall. He averaged 8 points and 8 rebounds and was captain of the basketball team in the winter. He was named the team's MVP.

"All the guys that went up with me were very, very decorated with all of their accomplishments and to be able to share this honor with them touches me deeply," said Fredrickson, who plans to attend Azusa Pacific in the fall.

The evening also included the induction of Suzanna Fast and Barney Eames to the NSBCART Hall of Fame. Eames, a Santa Maria High graduate, is a football coaching legend in the area. He was the head football coach at Allan Hancock from 1968-1976. He went on to coach from 1982-1990 at Santa Maria High and led the Saints to two championship game appearances. Eames returned to Hancock after the program was nearly cut and won four Conference Coach of the Year Awards. He went on to coach at Righetti and St. Joseph. He's due to return to Hancock for a third stint this fall as defensive coordinator. Eames is known for Barney Ball, which includes a punishing ground attack and a standout defensive scheme.

Fast was a star athlete at Righetti High from 1975-1979. She led the Lady Warriors to three CIF championship games and two CIF titles, the first two in any sport at Righetti. Her senior year, she played softball and won All-League honors for the league champion softball team. On top of a successful coaching career in the area, Fast has become an elite raquetball player. She has two age-group national singles titles, one national title in mixed-doubles and back-to-back state tiles in women's doubles.

We have listed all the nominees for the top awards from each school below.

Allan Hancock College
Male Athlete of the Year: Cameron Artis-Payne
Female Athlete of the Year: Nathalia Powell
Male Scholar Athlete of the Year: Khufu Najee
Female Scholar Athlete of the Year: Mary Kate Smith

Cabrillo High School
Male Athlete of the Year: Stephen Dalton
Female Athlete of the Year: Brianna Farley
Male Scholar Athlete of the Year: Michael Woodard
Female Scholar Athlete of the Year: Jamie Miller

Lompoc High School
Male Athlete of the Year: Nikko Hayes
Female Athlete of the Year: Maribel Anguiano
Male Scholar Athlete of the Year: Rafael Arellano
Female Scholar Athlete of the Year: Alejandra Gonzalez

Orcutt Academy High School
Male Athlete of the Year: Nate De Bruno
Female Athlete of the Year: Tianna Pasko
Male Scholar Athlete of the Year: Robert Reed
Female Scholar Athlete of the Year: Katelyn Ayers

Pioneer Valley High School
Male Athlete of the Year: Adrian Vera
Female Athlete of the Year: Ali Rodriguez
Male Scholar Athlete of the Year: Ricardo Perez-Gonzalez
Female Scholar Athlete of the Year: Crystal Avila

Righetti High School
Male Athlete of the Year: Luke Wilson
Female Athlete of the Year: Katie Chenault
Male Scholar Athlete of the Year: Conor Mc Namara
Female Scholar Athlete of the Year: Brooke Butler

St. Joseph High School
Male Athlete of the Year: Ben Adam
Female Athlete of the Year: Tatiana Dunlap
Male Scholar Athlete of the Year: Nolan Kruse
Female Scholar Athlete of the Year: Dana Bouquet

Santa Maria High School
Male Athlete of the Year: Jacob Rodas
Female Athlete of the Year: Caija Mc Neil
Male Scholar Athlete of the Year: Joe Silva
Female Scholar Athlete of the Year: Justina Sotelo

Santa Ynez High School
Male Athlete of the Year: Jacob Carey
Female Athlete of the Year: Katarina Rocha
Male Scholar Athlete of the Year: Karl Fredrickson
Female Scholar Athlete of the Year: Taylor Hamilton

Valley Christian Academy
Male Athlete of the Year: Andy Wilson
Female Athlete of the Year: Kari Humann
Male Scholar Athlete of the Year: Jed Hedlund
Female Scholar Athlete of the Year: N/A

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